Nikon Z5 revealed as company’s latest full-frame mirrorless camera

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Earlier this month Canon revealed some new hardware in the form of two EOS R mirrorless cameras. Not to be outdone, now Nikon has unveiled a new full-frame mirrorless camera with its Nikon Z5.

It should be noted that this is not a replacement for the camera maker’s Z6 or Z7 offerings, but rather sits just below them. As such Nikon Z5 will serve as the entry point into the Z lineup, according to the company.

In terms of features the Z5 is powered by an FX format 24.3MP CMOS sensor, with the EXSPEED 6, Nikon’s fastest processor to date taking care of the image processing. This combination helps to deliver an ISO range of up to 51 200, which is also expandable to 102 400.

For those wanting to do a lot of low light photography then, the Nikon Z5 should be well appointed.

Other notable elements include in-body 5-axis VR stabilisation to provide a smoother experience while recording. Speaking of which, this new full-frame mirrorless camera can shoot up to 4K UHD at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps. There’s also eye-detection autofocus and 2 731 on-sensor autofocus points available.

“The Nikon Z 5 offers the next generation of creators a gateway into the full-frame Z series lineup, opening the door to the limitless possibilities of mirrorless photo and video capture, while providing the means to share their creativity with others,” explains Jay Vannatter, EVP at Nikon Inc.

Alongside the new addition to the Z lineup, Nikon also debuted a new lens with the NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3. Nikon says this is the shortest, lightest and most affordable full-frame zoom lens in the NIKKOR Z lineup, with it billed as an all-round shooting option.

While Nikon says the new lens is affordable, there are no local pricing and availability details just yet, given the Z5 has only just been revealed globally.

That said, the Nikon Z5 is expected in select regions next month, with it costing $1 399.95 (~R23 181) for the body and $2 199.95 (~R36 247) for the NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 lens kit option.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Editor of Hypertext. Covers smartphones, IoT, 5G, cloud computing and a few things in between. Also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games when not taking the hatchet to stories.